17 Things You Need To Pack on Your Backpacking Trip
In this post, we’re going to go over the 17 things you need to pack on your backpacking trip!
After years of hiking in the backcountry - both through the mountains and the desert - I’ve really come to understand what gear I need to pack for each trip.
If you’re new to backpacking, I hope this backcountry essentials checklist will help you get organized and have a safe trip.
Watch the video below for a description of all the items and a little bit about why I take them.
While I consider this list to have all the essentials, make sure you take the distance, duration, remoteness, expected weather, and your experience level into consideration when you pack.
Please make sure you know how to use your gear, that you tell someone where you’re going, and be prepared to navigate if your GPS fails.
GEAR MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO
Related: Osprey Eja Backpacking Pack Review
I currently love the Sawyer Squeeze System.
Also, don’t forget either a bear canister or a food sack with cord to hang it. Always check food storage regulations in the area you’re hiking before your hike. A bear canister may be required.
This is my favorite backpacking food: Good to Go Meals
Check out these delicious homemade backpacking breakfast ideas.
Related: What I Eat in a Day Backpacking
First Aid Kit
Pro Tip: Check the expiration date on all of the over-the-counter medications and ointments in your first aid kit because they do expire.
Make sure you adjust the size of your med kit based on the duration of your trip and the size of your hiking group.
Make sure you have the stove, lighter, and fuel - you need all three!
Trowel and toilet paper
This is the headlamp I use in the backcountry: Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
Clothing, rain gear, and layers for expected weather
Hiking boots and socks
Always pack a map and compass and make sure you know how to use them.
Additionally, you can bring a GPS, altimeter watch, and/or a Personal Locator Beacon.
Make sure you have ways to protect yourself from the sun. For example, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, SPF chapstick, and SPF-rated clothing.
This is my absolute favorite SPF-rated hiking shirt: Patagonia Sunshade Hooded Shirt
Strips of duck tape or Tenacious Tape for repairs
A small gear repair kit is a smart addition to your backpacking gear. At the very least, I always carry Tenacious Tape.
Whenever you’re getting ready for a backpacking trip, I recommend packing slowly and when you’re relaxed, so that you reduce the risk of forgetting something.
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See you out there, ✌️
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